Archaeological Sites and China's Mega Projects.

A Lecture Series with Dr. Patrick Wertmann.

7 March 2019 | New city gates for Luoyang – Rebuilding the eastern starting point of the Silk Roads.

Four archaeological sites in and around Luoyang – a City and a Gate, a Pass and a Road – were essential for the functioning of the ancient transregional Silk Road network. Today, they underline the status of Luoyang as the former eastern starting point of this extensive trade network.

All four sites were recognized nationally as Major Archaeological Sites of China, and internationally as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. The transformation into new site museums aims at spreading their history in China and abroad. Most of all, the revitalization of the city’s glorious past aims at strengthening modern Luoyang as industrial and trade center.  

As part of a global history focusing on international relations and exchanges, the four sites now play an important role for the Chinese state as a soft-power, both politically and economically, and especially within the Belt and Road Initiative.

Date: 7 March 2019, 12.15 p.m.

Venue: German Centre Beijing | DRC Liangmaqiao

11th floor, Unit 1101A, 19 Dongfang East Road, Chaoyang District, 100600 Beijing

北京德意志工商中心有限公司, 朝阳区东方东路19号DRC亮马桥外交办公大楼D1座1101室

Registration: Please use the registration form on our website or send an email to


11 April 2019 | China’s mega projects and the impact they have on archaeology – The “South–North Water Transfer Project” as an example.

The rapid economic growth that China has witnessed over the last decades was accompanied by the planning and implementation of large-scale engineering and construction projects. Each of these projects reveal numerous archaeological sites and cultural relics that need to be conserved. With this presentation, an insight shall be given into the impact that these projects have on the field of archaeology in China, taking the “South–North Water Transfer Project” as an example.

Launched in December 2003, this project aims at channeling fresh water from the Yangtze River in the south of China to the more arid north through three canal systems. An estimate of 500 Billion US Dollars spent so far make it the most expensive and largest water diversion projects in history. In Henan Province alone, 330 archaeological sites were identified in the Danjiangkou Reservoir area and along the newly constructed canal, many of them were previously unknown.

Date: 11 April 2019, 6.30 p.m.

Venue: German Centre Beijing | Landmark Tower 2

11th Floor, Unit 1111, Landmark Tower 2, 8 North Dongsanhuan Road, Chaoyang District, 100004 Beijing, PR China

Registration: Please use the registration form on our website or send an email to


SPEAKER |Dr. Patrick Wertmann is currently working for the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in Beijing. Before he was research fellow at the Department of Chinese Classics of Renmin University of China and the Beijing Branch Office of the German Archaeological Institute (DAI). His research focuses on the ancient Silk Roads and on the question how China’s ancient past is popularized across the country to create a new sense of cultural identity among the people. 

Our tenants.